Parking Enforcement Officer
Patrol streets and other parking spaces for illegally parked vehicles.
Parking Lot Attendants park and protect cars at parking lots. More than that, however, they’re Gatekeepers for both the lot and a lifestyle. You see, in all cities and at some establishments — for example, high-end office buildings, upscale shopping malls, fancy hotels, fine restaurants, and private clubs — parking lots are gateways to the good life. Literally and symbolically, they’re proof that you’ve “arrived,” whether it’s for an hour, an evening, or a lifetime.
After all, people’s cars — whether purchased out of desire or necessity — are prized possessions. Because they’re temporarily entrusted to you when you’re a Parking Lot Attendant, your job is protecting a piece of your customer’s personality, pride, and livelihood.
Someone who probably loves cars, you spend your shifts as a Parking Lot Attendant inside a booth near the entrance to a parking lot or parking garage, either public or private. When motorists arrive in their car, it’s your job to greet them, give them a claim ticket, and then either take their keys and park their vehicle for them, or direct them to an available spot using hand signals or flashlights. Then, when they return, it’s your job to collect payment, and either retrieve the vehicle or escort the customer to their car.
When things are slow, you might also be responsible for washing the parking lot, performing routine maintenance tasks, and — if your lot offers these services — washing cars, changing their oil, and filling them with gas.